Common Camellia, Japanese Camellia 'Lady Vansittart'

Camellia japonica

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camellia (kuh-MEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lady Vansittart
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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ocala, Florida

Conway, South Carolina

Texarkana, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 22, 2012, Southernbell421 from Ocala, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have just purchased this camellia from my local Walmart and it has very large beautiful flowers. I have planted it in a partial shade location and I hope it does fine The tag that was on the container stated that it can take cold down to 10 degrees and that will be a good thing also as we sometimes have some very cold weather. I have 8 other varieties of Camellia around my yard and all have been put in partial shade and are doing very well and I get lots of very pretty flowers during the Winter time.


On Jan 17, 2012, moparman from Leary, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Lady Vansittart is an old variety that was imported from Japan back in 1887. Her variable white blooms can have various amounts & thickness of pink stripes. Sometimes the pink takes over the entire flower - this sport is called 'Lady Vansittart Pink' or 'Lady Vansittart Red'. My plant has both white and pink variations of blooms. I am never certain what her blooms will look like before they open. A very pretty sport of her is 'Yours Truly'.